Foot orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to optimize the natural structure of your foot and can help correct biomechanical foot issues. These specialized foot inserts are used to carry out two core functions; one, to provide support to our foot’s natural structure; two, to stabilize the foot and ankle. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
Ready-made shoe inserts are easily available and comparatively inexpensive due to the low cost of materials and cut to size fit. While they may provide some comfort they may not correct foot problems. Custom foot orthotics are specially designed to fit your foot to provide maximum function and comfort. They are manufactured using a variety of materials chosen by the orthotist. The orthotist will take a mold of your foot and after analyzing the biomechanics of your ankle and foot while you walk, will choose the appropriate materials for maximum comfort and effectiveness.
The major benefit of using foot orthotics is pain relief. Additionally they can be extremely useful in improving foot function, avoiding future foot injury, and help in shock absorption.
Relieves Foot Pain: Foot orthotics are extremely helpful in reducing pain in ankle, feet, leg, as well as lower back.
Provides Support to Patients of Diabetic Foot Condition: Diabetes can lead to nerve damage or neuropathy in the feet. This can result in the loss of sensation, which restricts the patient to feel pain, cold, or heat, resulting in stress and strain in all body parts. Diabetes can also lead to the formation of diabetic foot ulcers, foot deformities, and poor blood circulation. Foot Orthotics are used extensively to not only provide pain relief but also provide support and reduce stress on the foot.
Enhances Mobility in Arthritis Patients: Arthritis results in chronic pain, which restrains the patient from doing simple daily activities. It also makes it difficult for the patient to climb or walk stairs. This disease can cause permanent changes in the body’s joints. Foot orthotics helps in retaining and improving mobility in arthritis patients.
Beneficial for Runners and Athletes: Sportspersons and runners make continuous effort to improve their performance level. Foot orthotics helps them maintain the correct feet alignment, reduce pain, prevent injury, and enhance efficiency.